At the conclusion of work on the Bill to amend the CCB and CCT, the Assembly successfully altered section 18 (2) to enable the National Assembly to confer additional powers on the CCB instead of the president.
The Bill stopped the president from enjoying the powers of exempting public officers from investigation and trial.
Instead, it gave that power to the National Assembly. The Bill, initiated and first passed by the House of Representatives, was transmitted to the Senate for concurrence in May.
With the concurrence of the Senate and the House, the Bill is expected to be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent. The bill’s passage is coming as the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who doubles as chairman of the National Assembly, faces trial at the CCT, over the allegation of asset falsification. The charge was brought against Mr. Saraki in 2015 by the Code of Conduct Bureau. Read more